Tertium Organum (The Third Organ of Thought): A Key to the Enigmas of the World. Translated from the Russian by Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon--with an Introduction by Claude Bragdon.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922. Second American Edition. Hardcover. Ouspensky was a Russian esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff. He met Gurdjieff in Moscow in 1915, and was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. He taught ideas and methods based in the Gurdjieff system for 25 years in England. Gurdjieff proposed that there are three ways of self-development generally known in esoteric circles. These are the Way of the Fakir, dealing exclusively with the physical body, the Way of the Monk, dealing with the emotions, and the Way of the Yogi, dealing with the mind. What is common about the three ways is that they demand complete seclusion from the world. According to Gurdjieff, there is a Fourth Way which does not demand its followers to abandon the world. The work of self-development takes place right in the midst of ordinary life. Gurdjieff called his system a school of the Fourth Way where a person learns to work in harmony with his physical body, emotions and mind. Ouspensky picked up this idea and continued his own school along this line. He made the term "Fourth Way" and its use central to his own teaching of the ideas of Gurdjieff. He greatly focused on Fourth Way schools and their existence throughout history. Revised edition with Gurdjieff and Ouspensky Centre postcard laid in. Very Good+. Loose, but intact boards, some toning, foxing to rough cut edges, noticeable scuffing to boards, bumped corners, otherwise clean and bright. Black cloth boards lettered in red and on spine, xv, 336pp, author's preface, one foldout plate at rear, 24cm. Item #11290